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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 27, 2012
In describing the life of many military members, 1st Sgt. Starlene Hamilton started by reminding the crowd at Boonsboro's Memorial Day ceremony that often those servicemen and servicewomen began their military careers as recent high school graduates. They were probably student-athletes and had a high school sweetheart who either broke up with them when they left or swore would wait for them when they returned, said Hamilton, 49, of Williamsport. While they love music, they also love “the sound and smell of a 16-inch round when it leaves the chamber, especially when it hits black on a target 500 yards away,” she said.
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NEWS
October 2, 2009
The sixth annual Festival of Trees will showcase nearly 50 trees and wreaths in addition to a model train display, a gift shop, special events and holiday entertainment. This year's festival runs from Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 5, at Hager Hall, Conference and Events Center beside the Clarion Hotel on the Dual Highway in Hagerstown. Events planned during the festival include a senior social, a father-daughter dance, an intimate holiday tea for friends and family, activities for children and a tree, wreath and train display.
NEWS
May 21, 2009
Saturday o Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, 9:30 a.m. Memorial Day observance includes a color guard from AMVETS Post 10, bagpiper Rick Conrad and a Civil War re-enactor campout in the cemetery through Sunday afternoon. Featured speaker is Fred Shinbur, chairman of the Maryland Veterans Commission and the Joint Veterans Committee of Maryland. o A wreath-laying ceremony will be at 11 a.m. at Sharpsburg's Town Hall, and the Rohrersville Band will perform from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Parade starts at 1:30 p.m. at Sharpsburg Elementary School and follows Main Street to Antietam National Cemetery.
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By MARY CAROL GARRITY / Scripps Howard News Service | December 18, 2009
If you want a versatile tool that will help you create sensational holiday displays both inside and out, look no further than the humble garden urn. Urns are on my short list of must-haves for year-round decorating, but during the holidays, they are an absolute essential for holding showy displays you can pull together in a snap. Here are a few ways you can use urns to dress up your home for the season: TAKE IT OUTSIDE: I owe a debt of gratitude to the person who invented the black iron garden urn, because this stylish holder has become my favorite way to bring holiday cheer to my porch and courtyard.
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By HARRY NOGLE | November 6, 2009
Legion to host annual wreath laying Antietam 236 American Legion family will host its annual Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 in Sharpsburg Town Square. The program will feature the Base Honor Guard of the 167th Airlift Wing from Martinsburg, W.Va., the Saint James School Choir and guest speaker Park Ranger Keith Snyder of Antietam National Battlefield. All veterans are invited to attend. The public is invited. For more information, call Ava Gift at 301-432-6658.
NEWS
November 11, 2007
Today Washington County Retired U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Ronald L. Bowers will be the keynote speaker at Veterans Day ceremonies at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway at 9 a.m. The ceremony, sponsored by the Joint Veterans Council, includes music and the laying of wreaths to honor veterans. For information, call council President Tony Pruchniewski at 301-739-7911. Hagerstown City Councilwoman Penny May Nigh will lay a wreath near the Veterans Monument on Memorial Boulevard at 9 a.m. The auxiliary of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 will hold its annual Veterans Day program and wreath laying on the steps of the Washington County Courthouse at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be James H. Warner, a retired, decorated Marine and POW during the Vietnam War. West Washington Street, from Prospect Street to Public Square, and the first blocks of Summit Avenue and Jonathan Street to West Franklin Street will be closed from 11 a.m. to noon for the service.
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by LISA TEDRICK PREJEAN | November 21, 2003
"Mrs. Prejean, Mrs. Prejean! I know how to spell Mayflower!" The sweet 6-year-old calling my name was soon joined by her friends in a chorus of "M-A-Y-F-L-O-W-E-R!" "Oh, how wonderful," I said. "You know the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World. " They were all very proud of themselves, and rightfully so. History - even when it's disguised as a spelling word - can be exciting and empowering. Knowing how we got to this place in time can provide a basis for where we go from here.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | November 12, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com Former armed forces members gathered Tuesday morning in Hagerstown for a solemn ceremony to commemorate their fallen comrades, but they also used the occasion to reflect on current events. About 60 people gathered to celebrate Veterans Day in front of the Washington County Circuit Court building, where members of more than two dozen local service organizations laid wreaths at the war memorial on West Washington Street near its intersection with Summit Avenue.
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by MARLO BARNHART | March 20, 2005
marlob@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Not only Easter, but Mother's Day came early for Anna Showalter Saturday afternoon as she was presented with a gift of a wreath decked with purple flowers that she earlier had admired at Hagerstown Community College. "I wasn't going to spend the money, but here it is," she said. For three years, Showalter, of Broadway, Va., has accompanied her daughter, Paula Costello, and daughter-in-law, Dixie Showalter, to the HCC Alumni Association's Flower and Garden Show to admire the wares and buy a few things.
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